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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Giovanni Trapattoni trying to kick-start his coaching career - at the age of 77

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is attempting to re-launch his coaching career at the age of 77 - after applying for the job of South Africa manager.

Trapattoni has been out of the game since his reign as Ireland boss ended in disappointment in 2013, with the Italian suggesting earlier this year that he has decided to call time on his decorated touchline career.

Yet the South African FA have now confirmed that the former Juventus manager is keen to take over their top job, following the dismissal of Shakes Mashaba as Bafana Bafana coach.

The South African FA have released a list of high -profile names they claim have applied for their post, with former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini also on the list.

“More than sixty applications have been received,” the South African FA said in a statement.

“Some of the candidates are Roberto Mancini, Giovanni Trapattoni, Hassan Shehata, Hugo Broos, Muhsin Ertugral, Samson Siasia, Lothar Matthaus, Bernd Schuster, while some are still contracted to their teams and cannot be mentioned.”

Belgian tactician Hugo Broos must be a strong contender for the post after he guided Cameroon to a shock Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this month, yet the prospect of hiring a high-profile candidate like Trapattoni may appeal to some in South Africa.

The Italian guided Ireland to the Euro 2012 finals, but an abject display in the competition and the poor World Cup qualifying campaign that followed ended his tenure in the job.

Now, in a week when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been declared by many as past his sell-buy date at the age of 67, Trapattoni wants one final shot at glory in next year’s World Cup finals.

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